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I am so very pleased to be with all of you here this evening, as we inaugurate one more aspect of joy over the Nativity of our Lord, and light the annual Christmas Tree.

As your Patriarchal Vicar for well over a year now, I have come to feel a great love, and an equally great responsibility for this Metropolis. And thus, it is very special for me to be with you at this festive time of the year.